Firefox question - can I open a URL in a 'hidden' tab, or at least not move to the tab when opening it?

Chris Green cl at
Wed Feb 18 09:45:13 UTC 2015

On Wed, Feb 18, 2015 at 04:21:31AM +0000, Andrew Constantine wrote:
>    > On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 08:57:00PM +0100, Petter Adsen wrote:
>    >> On Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:47:25 +0000
>    >> Chris Green <cl at> wrote:
>    >>
>    >>> Is there any way in Firefox to 'open' a URL but not move to a tab
>    to
>    >>> display it?
>    >>>
>    >>> I want to open internet radio URLs without changing what Firefox
>    >>> shows, so either some sort of hidden TAB or simply a way of not
>    going
>    >>> to tabs opening certain specific URLs would do what I want.
>    >>>
>    >> Yes.
>    >>
>    >> Open the menu (the three horizontal stripes in the upper right
>    corner),
>    >> click "Preferences", then "Tabs", and unselect "When I open a new
>    link
>    >> in a new tab, switch to it immediately".
>    >>
>    > But I only want this to happen on a few specific URLs, normally
>    > when I click on a link I *do* want to go to it immediately.
>    >
>    Right click on link and select open link in new tab. It will open a new
>    tab, but not switch to it, you will have to click on it.

>    A Ctrl+Click will also do the same task, open new tab in the background

For some reason Firefox works differently with links in web pages and

If you 'middle button click' on a link it opens in a new tab but focus
doesn't move to the tab.  If you 'middle button click' on a bookmark
then it opens and focus *does* move to the new tab.

However there is almost what I want 'CTRL + middle button click' opens
a bookmark in a new tab without changing what you're currently
viewing.  So as long as I can remember to click the bookmark in the
right way I get what I want.  

Chris Green

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